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Old 11-11-2006, 01:34 PM
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hi my friends and i have a blast catching stripers.we are catching the big hybrids below the new brighton dam,PA in the spring&fall.the fall seems to be alot better.but my question is were do they go when it gets hot& into the summer its like they are know were to be found you dont even here of one being caught.i like to think they go deep. we try deep but nothing.by the way its the beaver river were fishing wich does not get reel deep.but the beaver dumps into the ohio river were i think the hybrids go cause its deeper.so far we found 2 holes 40 feet deep in the ohio thats from lock to lock.do you think thats were the hybrids lay in the summer and after the fall run.
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Old 11-12-2006, 02:53 PM
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Default Re: were do the river hybrids go after there spring&fall run

Hi Corey Welcome to the world of stripers and hybrids.
Your life will never be the same.
I fish mostly salt water so Im of limited assistance. I'll move this post to the hybrid forum.
Hybrids can tolerate temperature extremes much better than its larger cousin. It likes to roam in open water and like other fish will seek out the thermocline. (do a forum search on that). It will also follow bait and feed on the flats early and late. The fish can suspend at different depths. Sometimes the most important thing can be to find out how deep they are holding.
Read as much as you can from some very good hybrid fishermen and study their posts. Baits, lures, presentations, targeted areas and such. Also have a look at the radio telemetry study from Indianas Monroe lake.
Many of the big rivers are dammed so each place is different. Tailwaters are a place were fish often congregate.
Consider hiring a guide for the day with a few friends. Pay attention to techniques and ask questions. You can find a guide by asking at your local tackle shop. Its well worth the money from what you can learn in an outing.

Btw The Ohio Division of fish and game stocks both varieties of hybrids. A female striper and a male white Bass and its reciprical a female white and a male striper. The fish stocked in the Ohio river pools are mostly recipricals and many of them make there way to Kentucky. The southeast Border in Beaver county also has plenty of fish stocked by Pa and Ohio.
Chicken livers are recommended in the summer.
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Old 11-12-2006, 05:18 PM
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Default Re: were do the river hybrids go after there spring&fall run

Welcome aboard, Corey. I fish wipers a lot, but never in moving water. In lakes they can be fished sucessfully from early March through November or December, then they disappear for the winter. I don't know where they go. In the summer in lakes they are most active mornings and evenings, but they tend to stay in deep. cool water during the heat of the day. One guy I know who fishes wipers on the Ohio said they tend to mass up in deeper pools below the dams during the summer months. Good luck with your quest. You will not have an easy time of it, though. Wipers might just be the best kept secret in the fish kingdom, and since they are relative newcomers, there is a lot of speculation out there, but not much hard fact. You might take a look at the Indiana DNR site. They tracked lake wipers this past summer and posted their trackings. They appeared to stay toward the middle of the lake during the hot months.
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Old 11-12-2006, 09:36 PM
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Welcome Corey,
Man is that the question! As slowretreive said, the IN DNR is doing a tracking study of wipers in IN, should help to let us know what is happening during winter and summer slow season.
One thing is sure: if you aren't fishing, you can't catch 'em! :)
God bless,
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Old 11-14-2006, 11:51 AM
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Corey, if there are any steam or nuke plants in your area, find the warm water discharges and give it a try in the winter(use big baits).
in the summer....it's anybody's guess with hybs. In the south, the salts will head up the feeder creeks or find an underwater spring in deeper water.
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:28 AM
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Slo-ride nailed a great hangout for hybrids in the cooler water months, and thats warm water discharges. Warm water discharges are fish holding magnets in cooler water.

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